It’s a dining trend that has taken the UK by storm, and Leeds is at the very forefront of the street food revolution.
From pop-up stalls and travelling food vendors, to bustling casual dining restaurants, the city boasts some of the most adventurous and exotic street food places to tempt your tastebuds.
Undeniably the city’s hub for delicious street food, Trinity Kitchen rotates five new food vans every six weeks, giving you the chance to indulge in a variety of different flavours and cuisines, all under one roof.
Great for dining in or for grabbing lunch on the go, the rotating vendors trade alongside permanent outfits, including the popular Rola Wala, Chip + Fish, Duck ‘n’ Roll and Chicago Rib Shack, so you can always return for some of your street food favourites.
Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, LS1 5ER
A collaboration between Indian restaurant Prashad and real ale bar The Sparrow brought about one of the city’s most exciting street food eateries.
Offering a unique pairing of award-winning Indian street food and craft beer, Bundobust began life as a pop-up before taking up permanent residence on Mill Hill in the city centre, where you can tuck into a delicious vegan menu inspired by the vibrant street food scene in India.
6 Mill Hill, LS1 5DQ
Serving no nonsense gourmet burgers and fries, this place serves up street food classics, done to perfection. Simple but satisfying, everything on the menu will tempt true burger lovers.
Be sure to give their famed Dirty Burger a try – a medium rare patty, served with cheddar, chipotle mayo, American mustard, dill pickles, lettuce and tomato in a brioche bun.
1 Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP
Passionate about feeding people and bringing the taste of proper Thai to the streets of England, chef Dong Chuaibamrung once dreamt of riding around London in a tuk-tuk and being flagged down by the hungry masses.
Instead, the people came to him, and after such a positive response during his stint at Trinity Kitchen, he set up BangWok’s first permanent home on Sovereign Place. It’s now the city’s go-to place for a taste of authentic Thai food.
1 Sovereign Place, LS1 4SP
Perfect for foodies who love trying new and exciting flavours, Café Moor is famed in the city for its tasty dishes.
Serving the finest North African and Middle Eastern street food, it’s a great place to enjoy a hearty hot lunchtime snack without breaking the bank.
B 1904, Kirkgate Market, 34 George Street, LS2 7HY
Street food doesn’t come much simpler than the humble hot dog. A firm favourite on the barbeque on a hot summer’s day, now you can enjoy this tasty snack all year round at Fat Annie’s permanent residence in Kirkgate Market’s food hall.
Using only prime cuts of quality pork and beef, freshly made artisan bread and their own specialty pickles and relishes, the menu is brimming with delicious dogs. As an added bonus, they also serve gluten-free and vegan options.
28-34 George Street, LS2 7HY
The Cat’s Pyjamas
Bringing the exotic flavourings of Indian street food to Headingley and Leeds, The Cat’s Pyjamas is a celebration of food carts, street-side vendors and craft ales.
The menu here is crafted by Alfred Prasad (the youngest Indian chef to receive a Michelin star) and is infused with tantalising flavours and aromas that will ignite the taste buds.
With its authentic food, colourful décor and bustling kitchen, The Cat’s Pyjamas perfectly captures the chaos and craziness of India and offers a fun and memorable dining experience.
53 Otley Road, Headingley, LS6 3AB / 9 Eastgate, LS2 7LY
Wolf Street Food
Born out of a passion for all things Italian, the menu at Wolf Street Food consists of pasta, freshly baked focaccia bread, salads and wraps - all of which you build yourself by choosing from a range of fillings and sauces.
You can also grab a variety of breakfast rolls and stonebaked pizzas here - ideal for when you’re on the go or just fancy a night in.
8a St Paul’s Street, LS1 2LE
Zaap Thai may be a restaurant, but once you step inside you’ll feel as though you’re on the streets of Thailand. Intended to mimic the hustle and bustle of grabbing a bite from a Bangkok street vendor, this is an exciting environment to enjoy a taste of the best Thai street food in Leeds, and is worth a visit for the atmosphere alone.
Their extensive menu boasts more than 80 dishes, including noodles, hot pots, curries, soups and a variety of salads from their street cart. You can even enjoy your food in a tuk-tuk if you really want an authentic Thai experience.
22 Grand Arcade, LS1 6PG
Bringing Vietnamese street food to the heart of Leeds, this fun café serves delicious, healthy food at a great price.
It’s an ideal place to head if you’re looking to try something new and exotic to liven up your usual lunchtime snack. You can grab a noodle salad or Pho noodle soup, a Bánh Mì baguette, or freshly made Cuốn Rolls.
77 Great George Street, LS1 3BR
Who can resist the warm, cheesy goodness of a pizza? But eating a whole one to yourself can sometimes be a bit of challenge. Serving pizza by the slice, Dough Boys have turned pizza into a snack rather than a meal, meaning you won’t need a nap after your lunch.
The menu will always feature at least six delicious varieties of pizza to choose from, including vegan options. Make sure to take advantage of their half price slice offer which runs until 7pm Sunday to Thursday, and 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP